Brenda Garvey

Deputy Head & Programme Leader for French & European Languages and Global Cultures MA / Senior Lecturer in French

Brenda joined the University of Chester in 2005 and teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.




Brenda's research explores contemporary French and francophone literatures with particular reference to West Africa. She is also Programme Leader for both the MA in European Languages and Global Cultures and BA French.


Brenda is currently writing up her DPhil thesis on The Dynamics of Time and Space in Recent French Fiction: Patrick Modiano, Annie Ernaux, Jean Echenoz and Marie Darrieussecq. She also works on West African and West Indian literature and storytelling traditions and on transatlantic cultural movements.

Published work


In press  - ‘Embodied spaces and out-of-body experiences in Le Pays’ in Marie Darrieussecq, eds. G.Rye and H. Chadderton, Dalhousie French Studies 97.

2013 -  ‘Relocating the traditional in the Senegalese classroom’ in Contesting historical divides is French-speaking Africa, ed. C.Griffiths, University of Chester Press

2013 -  ‘Storytelling and Play in a Pular Village’ in Between Work and Play: French and Francophone Women and Leisure, N.Morello and K. Jones (eds.)  Nottingham French Studies, vol52, no.1 Spring 2013

May 2008 -  ‘Rhythms, Repetitions and Rewritings in Passion Simple by Annie Ernaux’, in Rhythms. Essays in French Literature, Thought and Culture, eds. E. Linndley & L. McMahon Oxford Peter Lang (Modern French Identities)

April 2005  -  co-wrote article Shelving Translation for In Other Words, Summer 2005, No.25, published by the British Centre for Literary Translation.

March 2005 -  co-edited Shelving Translation: The role of the translated text in Britain Today A special edition for Brunel University’s on-line journal EnterText. 


Conferences, lectures and seminars:

June 2013  - Renegotiating social identity in 21st century Senegal at ECAS conference ‘African Dynamics in a Multipolar World’, Lisbon, Portugal.

November 2012  - Language and the renegotiation of social and self-identity in Senegal Modern Languages Dept Research Seminar, University of Chester

September 2012 - A war of words: Linguistic and Literary Practices in 21st Century Senegal at ASAUK, Leeds University

December 2011 - An African Voice against Migration: Mbeke mi by Abasse Ndione at RIA Modern Languages Sympopsium, Dublin DIT

February 2011 - Keepers of Tradition: Storytelling in the Senegalese classroom at LSE conference on Storytelling and Language learning.

October 2010 - Where have I left my body? Embodied spaces and out of body experiences in the work of Marie Darrieussecq at A Decade of Women’s Writing in France conference, Centre for the Study of contemporary Women’s Writing

September 2010 - co-organised Post-slavery, post-imperial, post-colonial? Contesting historical divides in francophone Africa colloquium at University of Chester presented Reimagining culture in the classroom.

November 2009 - Grandmother’s Tales: Senegalese storytelling as cultural exchange at the Cultural Exchange conference for Royal Irish Academy for Modern Language, Literary and Cultural Studies at trinity College Dublin

October 2009 - The case of the case des tout petits at Romance Studies conference, New Jersey, USA

May 2009 - The female griot at ‘Women at Play’ international conference of Women in French at Aston University, Birmingham

November 2008 - Ta(l)king to the seas at ‘Postcoloniality and Ecology’ International conference at Roehampton University

March 2008 - three guest lectures at the University of Warwick, Apollinaire;, Baudelaire Sex and the Cit;y Baudelaire and the Making of the Modern.


Contact details:

Contact Brenda Garvey by email at
Her office CBK256 is located on the second floor of the Binks Building on the Chester campus.